FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Washington, DC July 22, 2020) Old Glory DC is pleased to announce the re-signing of Thretton Palamo, 31-year-old center and 2020 co-captain, for the 2021 season.
“I’m excited to see the boys again,” said Palamo. “I thought we had something good going as far as our chemistry. I’m also excited to see the fans coming back, because I think we had one of the strongest fan bases out there.”
Palamo played 385 minutes through five matches with Old Glory in 2020, as the boys from DC leapt out to a 4-1 record before their inaugural Major League Rugby season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Palamo ended the shortened season with 21 ball carries totalling over 175 meters and with 49 meters in kicking.
Old Glory DC’s Head Coach, Andrew Douglas, offered his thoughts on the significance of the club’s first 2021 signing. “I feel Thretton is an important signing for Old Glory,” said Coach Douglas. “He demonstrates all the values we stand for as an organization — he’s honest, hard-working, humble, and shows enormous integrity. He is our co-captain and also our cultural leader and has immense respect from the players. He was starting to play some very good rugby just as the season was cancelled, so we are excited he is continuing on the club’s journey and helping it mature into a force in the MLR.”
Born in Woodland, California, Thretton attended Davis Senior High School, where he played basketball and football. He began playing rugby at age 16 for San Francisco Golden Gate, alongside his two older brothers, Toshi and Seta. While in high school, Thretton played for national teams in Samoa, where his father Arona was born. Thretton played for the Samoa Under-19s from 2005-2007 (making 3 appearances) and also played sevens for Samoa before, prior to reaching 18, he committed to playing for the USA national team. From 2007-2008, Thretton made 5 appearances for the USA Under-20s and was selected for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where he made his Senior debut on September 30 against South Africa. This made him the youngest player to play in an RWC at age 19 and 8 days.
Thretton has since made 17 US National team appearances, starting for the Eagles 13 times and playing in the 2007 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. His last international match was against Tonga on November 19, 2016. In 2019, Thretton joined Major League Rugby competition signing first with the Houston SaberCats, where he was reunited with his coach Blake Burdette from the University of Utah, before joining Old Glory in 2020.
Welcome back to DC, Thretton Palamo!